That's pure, 100% speculation.
I'm thinking maybe, just maaaaaybe, Elton Brand was tired of playing for one of the most horseshit organizations in sports. Maaaaaybe he wanted a playoff shot. Maaaaybe he was tired of battling other elite 4's night in and night out.
Maaaaaaybe once Brand found out that Philly had cleared enough space to offer him 80 mil, he told his agent to break off talks with the Clippers.
Yeah they brought in Baron and Eric Gordon and all that, but it's still the LA Clippers. Are they really surprised by this? They wait like 10 years until their star player opts out to finally go out and get him some legitimate help, and then they're blown away by the fact that he doesn't want to spend another 5 years there?
Lets do a little Deal A, Deal B here:
Deal A: 81 million over 5 years. Perennial lottery team. Has only made the playoffs once WITH the all star caliber player in question. Plays in a conference where you need 50 wins to even make the playoffs. Known to be, in general, a cheap organization that is relatively unconcerned with winning an NBA championship.
Deal B: 82 million over 5 years. Relatively young, on the rise team. Basically a playoff lock even without the all star caliber player in question. Plays in a conference where a sub .500 record gets a playoff spot. Has had decent success developing young players, and seems to be making moves required to become a dominant force.
Which one are you choosing?
Brand's agent didn't screw the Clippers. The Clippers prolonged uselessness in basically every facet of building a basketball team screwed the Clippers.